Our frontline facilitators and volunteers see first-hand the devastating impact of inequality in the social, education, health care and justice systems on which our country is built. These broken systems have a profound effect on every child we serve, a majority of whom are black or brown.
For more than 30 years, our organization has quietly served marginalized kids experiencing homelessness. But recent events demand a response.
DrawBridge stands in solidarity and support of #blacklivesmatter and condemns the sustained, violent assaults on our communities of color. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are only the most recent in a long string of incidents that shine a bright light on systemic corruption and institutional racism. We support the spirit of protest sweeping our country and condemn the intimidation and assault of peaceful, law-abiding Americans by militarized forces. As a people and as a country, we must do better.
DrawBridge art groups are, by design, places of respite and community for too many kids struggling through circumstances they have not created. We remain committed to the connections we’ve nurtured in underserved Bay Area communities, and commit to doing more – expanding our ability to serve families in need; diversifying our board; doing business only with community-based and financial institutions that align with our values; and most of all, to showing up for the children.
Today, we add our voice to so many others actively supporting social justice and calling for change that benefits all of us.